On Sunday, December 23, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Reno firefighters will turn the Reno Ballroom into a center of creative Christmas activities for children experiencing homelessness.
The children, primarily from Reno’s downtown core area, are pre-selected by the Washoe County School District, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program, Pathfinders Ministry, and the Family Shelter.
Current and retired Reno firefighters and police officers, their families and other volunteers will gather to hold the Reno firefighters’ annual Christmas party. The children will have an opportunity to make Christmas ornaments and gifts, play games, participate in face painting and other activities with adult role models to create a special day filled with fun, laughter and good food.
Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive on an antique fire engine and after a visit with Santa, the children will be taken to the “Toy Room,” where they will select a special Christmas present and receive other items.
A hot lunch is being donated and catered by the Silver Legacy for the eighth consecutive year of the event through the efforts of Gary Carano, and will be served by members of the Reno Fire and Police Departments.
Last year, an estimated 200 children, family members and volunteers gathered for the special party that is annually supported by donations from Reno firefighters and police officers, local businesses, artists and various volunteers.
Reno firefighters organized the first children’s Christmas party in 2001.